SAVANNAH, Mo. – Chase Spoonemore wanted to break through against Cameron in the Class 3 District 8 semifinals.
The goal wasn’t something too hard to reach, finding the endzone with the help of his offensive line and speed six times. It helped the Savages to a 56-14 win to advance to a district championship as its rightful host next week.
“He’s a good football player,” Savannah coach Randy Schrader said. “But yet again our offensive line was able to play really well, too. (Evan) Yount was able to do stuff, too, so that opened the outside stuff up. It was a really good team win for us.”
Spoonemore was joined by Yount, a junior running back, as the only Savannah (9-2) athletes to score. Each of the touchdowns were in the first half.
During that time, the Savages held Cameron (5-6) scoreless and recovered two fumbles. Savannah did not play starters in the second half.
“We came out ready to play right from the gecko,” Schrader said. “Our kids were locked in and they understand playoff football.”
Spoonemore jumped out with a 20-yard touchdown to cap off Savannah’s first drive of the game.
Yount added the second on a 80-yard run. Spoonemore had each of the touchdowns until Yount capped off the Savages’ scoring for the night.
“When the O-line reestablishes the line of scrimmage 10 yards down field, that helps a lot,” Spoonemore said. “Our O-line threw them off the ball really well. When that happens, it opens up running lanes all over.”
The Dragons did not score until the third quarter. Both of their touchdowns were on back-to-back drives.
Dominick Hurst had the first, while Hunter Burton had the second. Burton’s came a few plays after the Dragons had their first fumble recovery of the game.
“We talk to the kids all the time about keep punching,” Cameron coach Jeff Wallace said. “If you keep punching, things are going to be OK. If you quite punching, things go bad for you. It’s kind of been an up and down season for us, but all and all it’s been really good.”
Cameron’s loss ends the the team’s most successful season since 2013. It also caps off Wallace’s first season with the Dragons.
The former Central and Plattsburg coach noted there has been quite a notable growth in his young team since meeting his athletes in April.
“I’ve coached a long time, and I have never had a football team improve as much on the field and off the football field as this football team did,” Wallace said. “It has been awesome to watch their development.”
Savannah moves on to host Chillicothe in the Class 3 District 8 championship next Friday.
It will be the second straight year the team has appeared in the championship, losing at Maryville — now in Class 2 — a season ago.
“We get great support every week,” Spoonemore said. “Great support from our town. It’s awesome seeing everybody pay to come watch us play football.”